Kyocera Mita rates the FS-C2526MFP at 26ppm in both black and colour print. We couldn’t get near that, even with our longer, 20-page black text document, which came through at 18.2ppm. Most office documents average around five pages, though, and our tests gave 9.6ppm in black and 8.6ppm in colour.
The discrepancy is mainly down to the warm-up time required by the printer before it starts printing. This can be as long as 30s and even though we'd primed each run by printing a separate page, it was regularly over 20s before paper started to feed.
Printing duplex tests gave a slightly higher throughput at 10.9 sides per minute, so you could happily set this as the default and save paper costs. The device is considerably quicker when copying, producing a single page colour copy from the flatbed in 11s and a five-page, black text copy from the ADF in twice this time.
A 15 x 10cm photo printed on A4 took 22s from a PC and 20s from a USB drive. A 10 side duplex copy from the ADF completed in 59s.
The quality of print is generally good, with crisp text from its 600dpi engine and readable results when in toner-saving Eco-mode. Colour print is bright and solid, well suited to business graphics and doing a pretty good job with photo prints, too. There's little sign of banding and colour gradations are generally smooth.
The only consumable you have to buy is toner, so the running costs are low. At the best price we could find, a black page should cost you around 2.1p, with an equivalent colour page coming through at 6.7p. These figures compare very well with, for example, the Brother MFC-9970CDW, which gave 2.8p and 10.7p, respectively, though the Brother machine is considerably cheaper to buy.
Having the ability to produce quick and easy duplex prints and copies in full colour can make a big difference to the productivity of an office. The Kyocera Mita FS-C2526MFP certainly does this and its well laid out touchscreen control panel also offers useful features such as identity card copy and the ability to set up favourite print configurations which can be accessed with a couple of presses. It's not a cheap product, but some of that purchase price will be made back through its low running costs.